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Windows 7: Kingston 256GB USB

23 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Kingston 256GB USB

Hi I recently bought
Kingston 256GB USB it comes with a default exFAT format is it possible to format it using FAT32 the reason of buying it is to load the images on it and play it back on digital photo frames which unfortunately doesnt detect exFAT. I have a laptop with windows 7 and 64 bit

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23 May 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Anandwadhwa, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could, but you would have to break into 32GB partitions (3 primary (Dk. Blue) and the rest logical (Lt. blue). You would start off by shrinking the 256GB drive (256-32=224*1024=229376) by 229376 MB leaving 32GB. Next, keep shrinking each one by one leaving 32GB per partition. (1GB=1024MB).

You will also not be able to have file's that are 4GB+ in size on a FAT32 partition.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
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23 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Anandwadhwa, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could, but you would have to break into 32GB partitions (3 primary (Dk. Blue) and the rest logical (Lt. blue). You would start off by shrinking the 256GB drive (256-32=224*1024=229376) by 229376 MB leaving 32GB. Next, keep shrinking each one by one leaving 32GB per partition. (1GB=1024MB).

You will also not be able to have file's that are 4GB+ in size on a FAT32 partition.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn

Thanks Shawn for the info but the drive doesnt allow me to shrink the volume as the shrink volume is greyed out is there any way to shrink it I am sure that the drive is not write protected
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23 May 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Could you post a screenshot of the drive in Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to see if we may be able to spot something wrong?
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23 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I will do that but do you reckon this is becuase the USB is empty that is why I could not shrink the volume.

Also please let me know whether the command format drive:/FS FAT32 will allow me to format the USB in FAT32 format
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23 May 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

If the drive has not been initialized (RAW) or formated already, then that may be why it's grayed out. Seing the screenshot will help determine better what may be wrong though.

Unfortunately, the command will not work with it as 256GB. It will start working to a point, but it will eventually give you an error at the very end telling you that the volume is to large for FAT32 after waiting all that time.
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23 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

ok understood I will forward you the screenshot
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24 May 2011   #8

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

pls find the screen shot as you can see the area is grey out please suggest


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24 May 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It appears that you may need to format it as NTFS first. Afterwards, you should be able to shrink the partition enough to create a second 32GB partition with. Next, you could format the 32GB partition as FAT32.

Be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose on that disk first though.
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24 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

it doesnt allow me to format in any other format except the default exFAT can you guide me if there is any other procedure to format USB in NTFS
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